Renewable energy sources offer a sustainable solution to meet the energy needs of the future. To overcome the intermittency of solar and wind we are focusing on strategies to address energy storage and conversion using batteries, fuel cells, and electrolyzers in transformative ways.
Addressing the Global Energy Crisis
The Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center (CEEC) is using a multiscale approach to discover groundbreaking technology and accelerate commercialization. CEEC joins together faculty and researchers from across the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who study electrochemical energy with interests ranging from electrons to devices to systems. Our industry partnerships enable the realization of breakthroughs in electrochemical energy storage and conversion.
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We are committed to being an anti-racist organization. The long existent and stark inequalities that minimize, marginalize and endanger the lives and contributions of all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and the systemic behaviors that give cover to the wrongful deaths of so many, have been brought into the forefront by the murders of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and the deaths of so many more due to societal conditions that have worsened the effects of COVID-19 on BIPOC communities.
Recycling of transition metals from spent batteries and fuel cells typically involves high-temperature processes, the optimization of which is expensive and requires specialized reactors. This two-year NSF project with a total budget of ~$1.4M aims at laying the foundation for the computational prediction of chemical and electrochemical reactions at high temperatures.
Xu joins Columbia University as an Assistant Professor in Earth and Environmental Engineering, with an affiliation in Electrical Engineering. His research aim is to develop sustainable energy systems by facilitating the adoption of emerging technologies and new market designs.